|from the "Muppets' Christmas Carol"|
I hadn't seen it, myself, since I was a child, probably during it's original airing. I was delighted to find the movie just as warm, and cozy, in a radio drama sort of way, as I remembered - like Ricki-Tikki-Tavi or The Velveteen Rabbit.
Although he could have done with less singing, even my 17 year old, half-watching from the periphery of the room while pretending to be playing a video game, had to admit it was closer, in many places, to the book, than the more modern, live action movies, and had a "pretty good" narration, and voice work. High praise from a 17 year old for a '70s cartoon.
The younger children (ages 8-11) loved it. Despite being "culture" it is not all that scary. I'm not sure if that's true for the animated Lord of the Rings (made by a different group)...
...or the final of the animated films - The Return of the King.
But, I can't wait to stream them both up for watching today, if nothing else, just to be able to hear the orc's "Where there's a whip, there's a way!" song in context again. It made such an impression on me, as a child, I still find the chorus stuck in my head from time to time, though the rest of the details of the film have long since faded from my memory.